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One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

Tasting Notes for Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a dry red wine, typically diominated by red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles showing black plum and more delicate styles of Pinot giving citrus qualities. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age Pinot Noir can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice and dried fruit.

Perfect Food Pairings for Pinot Noir

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of salmon or texture of tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secrets for Pinot Noir

For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay, not Pinot noir. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Village or Cru level wines. So "red Burgundy" still necessarily refers to Pinot noir.

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  • Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
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  • Carpe Diem Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
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    Williams Selyem Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino, California
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  • Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Les Charmois 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Les Charmois 2017
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Cuvaison Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    Cuvaison Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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  • Adelsheim Elizabeth's Reserve Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
    Adelsheim Elizabeth's Reserve Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Michael Pozzan Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Michael Pozzan Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Savigny-les-Beaune Les Lavieres Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Savigny-les-Beaune Les Lavieres Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
    Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Cristom Eileen Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine Vincent & Sophie Morey Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Vincent & Sophie Morey Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • King Estate Inscription Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    King Estate Inscription Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Chapter 24 Fire and Flood The Fire Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Chapter 24 Fire and Flood The Fire Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Lange Winery Reserve Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Lange Winery Reserve Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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